University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Membership Application for Cooperatives, including a Sample Outline
From How to Start a Cooperative, Cooperative Information Report 7, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Galen Rapp and Gerald Ely, Revised September 1996
This form has five main parts: applicant's statement asking to become a member of the cooperative, signature of the applicant, statement of cooperative acceptance of applicant, signatures of the president and secretary, and a statement of the duty and intent of the member.
The application, signed by the member and approved by the board of
directors, is the legal proof that a patron is a member. A cooperative should have a
completed membership application on file from every member. Membership and
the amount of business done with members and nonmembers are important factors
for certain antitrust and taxation provisions.
Membership Application and Marketing Contract
THIS AGREEMENT between the ________________________ , Inc.,
hereinafter referred to as the Association, and the undersigned Producer, witnesseth:
1. Applies for membership in the
Association, and if accepted as a member, agrees to be bound by its
articles of incorporation, bylaws, rules, and regulations as now or
1. Accepts the application of Producer for
membership in the Association.
1. To establish various plans for making
returns to the Producer.
And the Association shall further be entitled to equitable relief by
injunction or otherwise to prevent any such breach or threatened
breach thereof and the payment of all costs of litigation in connection
with the exercise of any or all of the remedies available to the
This contract shall remain in effect for an
initial term of ( )
years from the date hereof. Following the initial term, the contract may be cancelled by notice
given in writing by either party to the other within ten (10) days after any yearly anniversary date,
and such cancellation shall become effective on the last day of the second calendar month
following the month during which such notice is given.
signature _______________________ (____________________)
Social Security No. ______-_____-_______ County
Accepted this day of ____________. 19______.
By ________________________, Pres.
By ________________________, Secy.
This certifies that ______________________________ of
_____________________ is a member of _________________________________ Association
and is entitiled to all of the rights, benefits, and privileges of the Association.